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Caryn James

Colbert's Hobbit Week Maps New York As Middle Earth

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 5, 2012 1:06 PM
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I may not be a big Hobbit fan (review here) but I do love The Colbert Report, which is now in the middle of Hobbit week. Tolkien-obsessed Stephen Colbert visited the film's set in New Zealand and famously won a Hobbit trivia contest, beating out one of its screenwriter’s, Philippa Boyens. This week’s guests have included Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman (in that interview Colbert came as close as I’ve ever seen him to stepping out of his fictional character and gushing with fandom), with Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis still to come.

'The Hobbit' Review: Bilbo Lives! Everyone Else, Not So Much.

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 AM
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I have never been a Lord of the Rings fanatic, so take that into account, but The Hobbit made me miss Voldemort. I spent a fair amount of time during Peter Jackson’s latest installment in his Tolkien franchise comparing it to the Harry Potter movies, thinking how savvy J.K. Rowling’s approach to magic has been, how successful in the broadest way those films are.

Sherlock Meets Bieber And Fifty Shades of Grey

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  • May 3, 2012 8:45 AM
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Downton Abbey is not the only buzz-worthy upscale/downscale gem from PBS’s Masterpiece this year. Season 2 of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ultra-rational hero, begins on Sunday with “A Scandal in Belgravia.” The episode is smartly written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and directed by Paul McGuigan with enough flair to make a cinephile smile – nothing too surprising about that. But it turns out  that Cumberbatch himself inspires the kinds of squeals more often associated with Justin Bieber, as I saw first-hand at a preview screening and Q&A in New York on Wednesday.

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